Ebb and flow

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ebb and flow the alternate ebb and flood of the tide; often used figuratively.
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Quotations

  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “Most men ebb and flow in wretchedness between the fear of death and the hardship of life; they are unwilling to live, and yet they do not know how to die.”

Usage

In literature:

The crystal jewels which flash fire, and govern the ebb and flow of the tide.
"Japanese Fairy World" by William Elliot Griffis
We can think of the Unconscious as a tide which ebbs and flows.
"The Practice of Autosuggestion" by C. Harry Brooks
It is the deflection from the vertical caused by the ebb and flow of the tide.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
Thus, while the days sped by, did the priest's thought ebb and flow.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
A monotonous ebb and flow of life, punctuated by sudden flares of fight.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
Four times during this war the flow and ebb of battle had passed about this old edifice.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
They are censuring the President again, whose popularity ebbs and flows.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
No one better, therefore, knows public opinion, and its immediate ebb and flow.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852" by Various
I find My rage ebbs out, and love flows in apace.
"The Orphan" by Thomas Otway
It was the tide-bell placed on a distant reef to swing and ring with the ebb and flow.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 81, July, 1864" by Various
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In poetry:

Red follows grey across the air, the waves of
moonlight ebb and flow
But with the Dawn she does not go and in the
night-time she is there.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
Yes, suns may rise and suns may set,
And tides may ebb and tides may flow,
We are your loving children yet,
And time will ever prove us so.
"Personally Addressed" by John Lawson Stoddard
For this is but one tiny wave
In life's vast, shoreless sea of woe,--
One note in man's hoarse cry to save,
Resounding o'er its ebb and flow;
"The Waif" by John Lawson Stoddard
For suns may rise and suns may set,
And tides may ebb and tides may flow,
Love is man's greatest blessing yet,
And honest wedlock makes it so.
"Personally Addressed" by John Lawson Stoddard
At morn he hears the woodthrush sing,
He sees the wild rose blossoming,
And on his senses, soft and low,
He feels the brook-song ebb and flow.
"The Archer" by Maurice Thompson
Lov'st thou yon calm and silent flood,
That never ebbs, that never flows;
Protected by the circling wood
From each tempestuous wind that blows?
"Ode to Indolence" by William Shenstone

In news:

This artist rendering released by NASA shows the twin spacecraft Ebb and Flow orbiting the moon.
In a series of planned maneuvers, NASA's twin GRAIL spacecraft, nicknamed Ebb and Flow, will crash into a crater rim near the moon's North Pole about 2:28 pm Pacific time on Monday.
The twin Grail spacecraft, known as Ebb and Flow, will slam into the raised rim of a moon crater at 5:28 pm EST (2258 GMT) Monday, mission team members said Thursday.
Monitoring the ebb and flow of conversation.
'Watered Down: the ebb and the flow' exhibit opens during ArtWalk.
Go With The Ebb And Flow.
The Ebb and Flow of Staff Workloads.
Ebb & Flow Presents "Stay Casual" an Exhibition by Ando and Friends.
NASA 's twin GRAIL spacecraft, nicknamed Ebb and Flow, will crash into a crater rim near the moon's North Pole about 2:28 pm Pacific time on Monday.
LOS ANGELES—After nearly a year circling the moon, NASA 's Ebb and Flow will meet their demise when they crash — on purpose — into the lunar surface.
Green Wave ebbs and then flows to 27-26 victory over SMU.
In unison, their movements create a pattern of ebb and flow between balanced poses .
There is a point when the ebb and flow of a game can change dramatically and that's what transpired with Dirigo, who maintained its composure in a girls' basketball game.
For many, it's a time for peaceful reflection and measuring the ebb and flow of our lives over the past 365 days.
Most business owners are familiar with their store's natural ebb and flow in volume based on predictable seasonal changes in the marketplace.
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In science:

Measuring the distribution of proposals submitted in each of the research areas, and their variation with time could be used to track the ebb and flow of interest in any particular area.
NASA Astrophysics Division Research and Analysis Program Statistics for the Period 2001-2009
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